Thorncrown Chapel
The beautifully designed
chapel resulted from what
could be called the "Miracle of
Thorncrown Chapel."
Thorncrown Chapel - Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Thorncrown Chapel
Overlooking a beautiful mountain valley in the
Arkansas Ozarks, Thorncrown Chapel is an
architectural masterpiece and is one of the most
popular attractions in Eureka Springs.
The Architecture of E. Fay Jones
Even before his untimely death in 2004, the
architect E. Fay Jones had become an
Arkansas legend and an American treasure.
He left behind a lifetime of amazing work. He
was the designer of beautiful Thorncrown
Chapel in
Eureka Springs, quite possibly his
landmark accomplishment.

Located just off U.S. Highway 62 West in
Eureka Springs, the stunning glass chapel
uses glass, soaring height and the beautiful
scenery of its mountainside setting to create
a moving experience for visitors of all ages.

The setting of Thorncrown Chapel is so
beautiful that travelers became accustomed
to stopping here to absorb the scenery long
before the chapel was conceived and
constructed. The owner of the property
decided to make the beautiful spot a
welcome place for visitors to stop for a few
minutes (or hours) of rest, reflection and
worship.

There is, however, much more to the story.
After commissioning E. Fay Jones to design
the structure and finally starting construction
in 1979, the owner Jim Reed saw his dream
come to a crashing halt when building funds
began to dry up even though Thorncrown
was only half complete. What happened next
could rightfully be called the "Miracle of
Thorncrown Chapel."

According to Mr Reed, unsure of what to do
he went down to look at the unfinished
chapel and, for the first time in his life, fell
down on his knees and prayed. Within days
the money necessary to finish the chapel
arrived and today Thorncrown Chapel stands
as a stunning achievement of inspiration and
faith.

The beautiful wooden structure has 48
windows and over 6,000 square feet of
glass. It was named one of the Top Five
Buildings of the 20th Century by the American
Institute of Architecture.
Thorncrown Chapel is open to the public
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April through
November and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in
March and December. It is closed to the
public in January and February. It is a popular
location for weddings.

To learn more about Thorncrown Chapel and
see stunning photographs, please visit the
official website by
click here.
A Chapel of Glass
The chapel uses glass and
wood to make the most of its
beautiful mountain setting.
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